Honors in the news

Read on for feature stories about honors students and staff:

Honors assistant Mary Flibbert and her work with Broken Tail rescue were featured in the New Worcester Spy, an online news and literary magazine edited by the students of Worcester State University.

Honors student Meghan Deighan has volunteered with the volleyball team and the Honors Program at the Chandler Magnet School.  Please contact honors GA Beth Powis (epowis@worcester.edu) if you are interested in volunteering at Chandler Magnet next semester.

Honors Class of 2014 graduate Julie Broderick started the On Guard Initiative as a Commonwealth Honors Project.

Stress management for December

The final exam period and holidays can be a stressful time for college students!   Please read on for some stress management tips, compiled by our former graduate assistant Jackie Slack.

Quick Options for Stress Relief:

1- Take a deep breath and reframe your situation to a positive one. [Calming]

2- Count to 10 and clear your mind before responding to what is going on. [Calming]

3- Take a break and look at something outside or something pleasing for at least one minute [Calming]

4- Drink some cool water – add citrus to enhance the effect (lemon/lime) [Alerting]

5- Have a healthy snack of something crunchy [Alerting]

6- Take a break in a room where no one is around to clear your mind for 5 min before returning.[Calming]

7- Wrap yourself in a blanket and/or play with a pet for at least 5 min. [Calming]

8- Wash hands / face with cool water, put a cool cloth on your head & lie down for at least 5 min.[Calming]

9- Play music- whatever kind you like best to burn off that excess energy [Calming/Alerting depending on music type]

10- Get moving! exercise, dance, run [Alerting]

Things to avoid:

-Using alcohol, cigarettes- these will make you feel worse in the long run and create a negative cycle of behavior.

-Taking your stress/frustrations out on anyone- just remember you will feel better soon, and you don’t want to hurt the feelings of those around you.

-Staying up all night to study—without sleep, you will not retain the information.


Calming (return to normal resting state)

Alerting/Detoxing (bring your body’s level of physical activity up to meet your emotions – anxiety/anger/frustration) which will satisfy the need to release or rid the body of  the excess energy and help you feel more able to calm down using “Calming” techniques.

*Exercising every day and ridding your body of excess energy on a daily basis will keep the excess energy from turning into stress/anger/frustration. Getting physical exercise helps burn off steam before that steam turns to stress later on. Over time, your body and mind will adjust and you will no longer react as strongly to stress if you are used to getting out all your excess energy in the form of exercise. Reducing your reaction to stress will lead you to experience more positive situations rather than negative ones. :)

Monday, 11/24: Dr. Marape’s lecture on the Ebola virus and public health in the age of globalization

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Why study philosophy?

Why study philosophy?

Check out this site for some answers.

Learn more about Dr. Jose Mendoza.

Register for the all-honors PH 100-H1: Introduction to Philosophy (HBS, TLC)
MWF 10:30-11:20

BINGO night! Tonight!

Don’t forget about Bingo night tonight in the Dowden Community room from 5:00-7:00pm.

There are some great prizes up for grabs!!

Prizes include:

A $25 Chili’s gift card

Bruins throw blanket



and more!!

One ticket left for the President’s Dinner and “Our Town”!

We have just one ticket left for the President’s Dinner this Friday!   It’s the hottest ticket in town: the play has sold out.

The cast is full of your fellow honors students: break a leg, Caitlyn, Nathen, and Angie!

Check out this preview and a “Which Our Town character are you?” quiz!

Free dinner and a show with President Maloney!

There are a couple of tickets available for the Honors President’s Dinner and Theatre Night on Friday, November 14th, 2014.  This year we will also be welcoming prospective honors students from QCC and Claremont Academy to this popular Honors tradition.

6:30 p.m.:  Join President Maloney for a catered dinner in the Foster Room, Student Center.

8:00 p.m.:  Worcester State Theatre presents Our Town in the Sullivan Auditorium

Check out this short film on the legacy of Our Town and its continued relevance in the 21st century.

Please submit an RSVP form right away if you’re interested!

Honors Halloween Party today!

Come to Seven Hills from 12:30 to 2:00 today for a Halloween Party! Paint a pumpkin! Make decorations for the Honors Lounge! Pick up some candy! 🎃👻

Preregistration for Spring 2015

Preregistration for Spring 2015

Dear Honors Students,

We are entering the advising/preregistration period for Spring 2015!   Click here for general information from the Registrar.

Here are some reminders and general instructions about registering for honors courses:

-The list of Spring 2015 Honors courses is now available on the honors blog.  (look on the right-hard side). Please check back for updates as the list is subject to change.  You can also check for honors sections on WebAdvisor.  We recommend “double dipping” when possible; in other words, choosing honors courses that also fulfill a major, minor, or LASC requirement.

-We are offering three fantastic all-honors courses: Personal Health and Wellness; Introduction to Philosophy; and Statistics. See below for course descriptions.

-Please be sure to make an appointment with your major advisor; your major advisor will be the one to sign your registration form. If needed, the honors directors (Dr. Weierman and Dr. Hood-DeGrenier) are also available to consult with you about honors requirements by appointment (sign up using Starfish); please note that an honors appointment is not required. Once you have an advisor’s signature, please bring your form to the department secretary, who will release your PIN so that you will be able to register during your allotted time.

-Please note that Dr. Weierman can serve as the major advisor for honors English majors, and Dr. Hood-DeGrenier can serve as the major advisor for honors Biology majors.  Both professors can also advise any undeclared honors students.

-It’s important that you register for your honors courses during major/minor registration week.  This is a huge advantage for honors students!  We will be watching the reserved honors seats closely and will “release” many unclaimed honors seats to the rest of the student body during general registration week.

-Please let us know if you are interested in an honors section that has closed: register for a regular seat in the course, and I will ask the professor if we might “convert” it to honors (this is at the instructor’s discretion).

-Remember that any world language course can be an honors course: simply register for the regular section, ask the professor, and then send us your request with all the course information and your ID number.

And, as always, please remember that we are here to help!

Dr. Weierman and Dr. Hood-DeGrenier


PH 100-H1: Introduction to Philosophy (HBS, TLC)

Dr. José Jorge Mendoza
MWF 10:30-11:20

Why was this Socrates guy so important? How do we know our beliefs are true? How do we know the world as we experience it is real? Are some things always morally wrong or is everything relative? And what on earth is the “mind-body” problem?  These questions (and many more) will be the subject of this course, which is designed as a broad introductory survey to some of the principal authors, ideas, concepts, and problems found in the Western philosophical tradition. In dealing with these questions, this course will cover a whole host of theories of knowledge (i.e., epistemology), reality (i.e., metaphysics), morality, and politics. By the end of course, the hope is that students will not only be acquainted with the philosophical discipline, but will also have begun to think, read, and write in a philosophical manner.

MA 150-H1: Statistics (QR)
Dr. Mary Fowler
TR 8:30-9:45

This course is an introductory course in descriptive statistics, elementary probability and inferential statistics. Focus will be placed on making a shift from mathematical thinking, the logic of certainty, to probabilistic thinking, the logic of uncertainty. As we move through the standard topics, curiosity and exploration will be fostered as we address the challenge of thinking statistically. Often the shift from the logic of certainty (mathematical logic) to the logic of uncertainty (statistical logic) can be a challenging journey. The goal will be to encourage students to relax and learn with an open mind. Students will be given the opportunity to explore data in their fields of interest and extend their knowledge with an independent learning project.

HE 100-H1: Understanding Personal Health and Wellness (ICW)
Professor Lynn Barrette
MW 3:30-4:45

Why are we healthy? Why aren’t we healthy? In this class, we will explore these questions through the examination of all dimensions of wellness: social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational, intellectual, and physical. The seminar class will include student-facilitated discussions on a variety of influences. Students will be challenged to think critically about how health habits are formed, and how familial, community, and social influences affect behaviors which directly impact one’s quality of life.

Sustainability Fair and Food Day!

Seeking an honors event?   Check out one of the many events during the Sustainability Fair (10/22) and Food Day (10/23).

For a full schedule of events, go to



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